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Led by and for BIPOC Bay Area writers since 2015

Builds multicultural solidarity around

  • our unique identities as people of color

  • reclamation of our culture and history

  • personal and community well-being

  • civil liberties and social justice

At Write Now! SF Bay we bring together established and emerging writers across race, class, age, and other barriers. We are poets, memoirists, fiction writers, essayists and more. Our work reflects the complex realities of San Francisco’s 60% people of color—from the formerly homeless to  educators, healers, activists, and just plain folks working for change. Over 350 writers and artists have participated in our programs.


Director: Shizue Seigel.

Admin Assistants: Jennifer Banta Yoshida & Rosalie Cavallaro

Consultant: Lenore Naxon, planning and marketing

Contributors join Shizue Seigel at event celebrating BIPOC writers at Standing Strong event

Andre Le Mont Wilson, poet and advocate for the LGBTQ and disability communities

Dondi Dancy, writer, paralegal

Tehmina Khan, English professor, City College of San Francisco

Christl Rikka Perkins, writer, teacher, The Academy, San Francisco public high school

Kelechi Ubozoh, mental health consultant, editor, facilitator


Kim Shuck, San Francisco Poet Laureate Emerita

Avotcja, poet, musician, DJ at KPOO and KPFA radio

Thomas Robert Simpson, director, Afro-Solo Theater Company

Nancy Wang, co-director, Eth-Noh-Tec

Sandra Bass, Associate Dean and Director of the Public Service Center, UC Berkeley

Christl Rikka Perkins, writer, teacher, The Academy, San Francisco public high school

Lina Begonia, poet, communications manager, Bookstore West Portal


Write Now! is fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts. We have been supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission, California Arts Council, California State Library's California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, California Humanities, Center for Cultural Innovation, Community Vision, Grants for the Arts, Literary Arts Emergency Fund, National Book Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Academy of American Poets, and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.

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